Dead­line nears for Scots beef sup­port scheme

The Oban Times - - FARMING -

El­i­gi­ble farm­ers and crofters are re­minded to ap­ply to the Scot­tish Suck­ler Beef Sup­port Scheme (SSBSS) be­fore the dead­line of De­cem­ber 31.

The scheme pro­vides sup­port to spe­cial­ist beef pro­duc­ers and has an an­nual bud­get of €38 mil­lion for beef calves born on the Scot­tish main­land and €6.6 mil­lion for claims from the Scot­tish is­lands.

Sup­port is avail­able for calves pro­vided they are at least 75 per cent beef bred, born on a Scot­tish hold­ing and kept there for 30 days. This means that an­i­mals born on or after De­cem­ber 2, 2018, will not be el­i­gi­ble un­til next year.

There is no limit to the num­ber of claims el­i­gi­ble farm­ers and crofters can make by De­cem­ber 31. The scheme rate per an­i­mal will be de­ter­mined by the to­tal num­ber of el­i­gi­ble an­i­mals claimed.

NFU Scot­land pres­i­dent An­drew Mc­Cor­nick said: ‘The beef calf scheme is vi­tal to Scot­land’s beef sec­tor, par­tic­u­larly given the higher costs of pro­duc­ing beef from the suck­ler herd.

‘This year, ev­ery penny avail­able un­der this scheme for those pro­duc­ing suck­led beef calves will be needed given the rise in prices for straw and other in­puts and the chal­leng­ing for­age con­di­tions driven by the rain­fall short­age this sum­mer.

‘This cou­pled sup­port pay­ment helps main­tain our iconic beef sec­tor, which pro­duces sus­tain­able beef based on Scot­land’s nat­u­ral abil­ity to grow grass. I would urge farm­ers and crofters to take ad­van­tage of this sup­port.’

An­drew Mc­Cor­nick.

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